Roundabout Approved At Dangerous Intersection In Kalamazoo
A busy intersection in Kalamazoo will finally become safer.
At its Monday meeting, the City Commission unanimously approved a $1.9 million contract to create a roundabout. The high-traffic intersection, located in a developing area near downtown, presents a danger to pedestrians and bicyclists seeking to access Kalamazoo River Valley Trail and local businesses.
According to the Michigan Department of Transportation, about 17,000 cars pass through the intersection everyday and a roundabout will be beneficial for drivers:
Roundabouts offer a solution to the traditional intersection problems of delays, capacity and safety. Since everyone is traveling in the same direction and at lower speed, crashes are reduced.
Construction of the roundabout will begin next month but no word on when it will be finished.
HOW TO USE A ROUNDABOUT
- Slow Down
- Read The Signs
- Watch For Pedestrians
- Look Left for Drivers in Roundabout
- Stay In Your Lane
- Before Exiting, Use Turn Signal
- You Can Go Around Again If Exit Is Missed